Keep your eyes open!...


February 6, 2008    

(Ecc 3:1-7) All things have their season, and in their times all things pass under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted. A time to kill, and a time to heal. A time to destroy, and a time to build. A time to weep, and a time to laugh. A time to mourn, and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather. A time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces. A time to get, and a time to lose. A time to keep, and a time to cast away. A time to rend, and a time to sew. A time to keep silence, and a time to speak.

VATICAN RADIO: Pope Benedict's 2008 Message for Lent

MEDITATION: A season of hope - Lent - awaits us, offering full life by Bishop Robert Vasa


The TRIB TIMES will not be updated again this year during the Lenten season, extending to the first week after Easter.  My computer time will be limited to 30 minutes each morning and evening during Lent. I will read all emails I receive, and will answer all that I can, time permitting.  I may also occasionally email non-reformatted news articles to Trib Times subscribers that I find to be of particular interest. But barring a major event, the Trib Times web page itself will not be updated. 

I apologize to all who have recently subscribed but will keep your email information for use after my return.  God willing, the next issue of the Trib Times should be shortly after Divine Mercy Sunday, March 30, 2008.  Please keep me in your prayers, and be assured that I will do the same.

I recommend the following links to keep up with unfolding events:

Catholic News

Signs of the Times

Readings & Meditations for Lent & Holy Week

Newer subscribers may also be interested in a meditation that first appeared in the Trib Times in 2004, The Pain of the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 4- "On blessed and ever-memorable obedience"

4. The beginning of the mortification both of the soul's desire and of the bodily members is much hard work. The middle is sometimes laborious and sometimes not laborious. But the end is insensibility and insusceptibility to toil and pain. Only when he sees himself doing his own will does this blessed living corpse feel sorry and sick at heart; and he fears the responsibility of using his own judgment.

February 1, 2008    


(Eph 6:12-13) For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places. Therefore, take unto you the armour of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day and to stand in all things perfect.

LINK: Revelations of Saint Bridget (Birgitta) of Sweden Book 1 - Chapter 16

Ron Smith:

Q: Hi Ron. I have been working for this Nun at my parish in the Religious Education Office for several years now. Last week, the subject of the devil came up and she said she does not believe the devil exists or that he is a creature or a person or whatever you want to call him.  She said she believes there is evil in the world but only because of original sin.  I immediately told her that the devil exists and she just shrugged it off like she does with everything else.  She leads the RCIA team every week and she told me that she never speaks of the devil to them.  She said they never heard about the devil and she only teaches them about how God loves them. My question is: "Should I write to the Bishop and tell him this?"  This nun is doing a great deal of damage to the Church.  She is ultra-liberal and I feel like I am guilty by association. Patricia 

A: There are two types of teachings that we are required to accept and believe as Catholics – doctrine and dogma. Doctrine is the ordinary teaching of the Church on a given subject matter, such as who the angels are. Dogma is a specifically defined teaching,  such as the Immaculate Conception. The 1994 Catechism of the Catholic Church contains all of the doctrines and dogmas that we are required to believe! No Catholic, including this Nun, specifically may pick and choose what doctrines or dogmas that they want to accept; we must totally accept them all! 

Although you did not ask for it in your question, I will include some doctrine on satan or the devil in case you want to provide this information to the Nun that you are inquiring about. Doctrine: “He (the devil) tempts Adam and Eve and speaks through the serpent, disguising himself as an angel of God. The reason for his hatred is that he was expelled from heaven by Michael (the archangel) because he refused to adore man, the image of God. Satan is the strong one (Mt. 13:29), the evil one (Mt. 13:19 and the prince of the world. He (satan) can inflict evils on human beings, for virtue is not genuine unless tested. He (satan) seduces some of the faithful (I Tim. 5:15). (Could satan have seduced this Nun?). The Devil is not just a personification of evil, and the existence of the Devil must not be denied. The doctrine of the Devil affirms that there is an evil domain into which humanity has been plunged and is redeemed from that only by God. Evil spirits are fallen angels, among whom one  - called the devil or satan - is traditionally held to exercise leadership.1 Doctrine: Scripture witnesses to the disastrous influence of the one Jesus calls ‘a murderer from the beginning’, who would even try to divert Jesus from the mission received from His Father. It is a great mystery that providence should permit   diabolical activity (on earth).”2      Doctrine: Jesus’ exorcisms free some individuals from the domination of demons.”3 We might ask: If there is no satan or demons then why does Holy Church continue to do exorcisms even today? 

Based on the limited information that you provided to me about this Nun in your e-mail, it suggests that she learned her catechism from Holy Church from the old Baltimore Catechism, which I will quote from. Doctrine: “One of these angels (that God created) was most beautiful, and was named Lucifer, which means light-bearer. He was so perfect that he seems to have forgotten that he received all his beauty and intelligence from God, and not content with what he had, became sinfully proud and wished to be equal to God Himself. For his sin he and all of his followers were driven out of Heaven, and God created Hell, in which they were to suffer for all eternity. The same Lucifer is now called satan, and more commonly the devil.”4 

I do not know the Church hierarchy in your area for reporting purposes or what your experience with them has been. In a letter, quote precisely what this Nun has said about satan. In the same letter counter these errors with quotes such as those that I have used showing Church doctrine on satan and demons. First, report this matter to your pastor, in charity. Tell him kindly that you would like a response within 30 or 45 days, etc. “In accord with the knowledge, competence and preeminence which they possess, they have the right and even at times a duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church, and they have a right to make their opinion known to the other Christian faithful, with due regard for the integrity of faith and morals and reverence towards their pastors, and with consideration for the common good and the dignity of persons.”5  After this time has passed or if you get a non-committal response, write to the Mother Superior of the Nun’s religious order. She has a duty to correct errant Nuns within the order. I would also give her a reasonable time frame in which to respond. In charity you might suggest to her that if these serious teaching errors are not corrected that you will need to report the matter to the bishop. With each step that you go up the ladder, advise the recipient of whom you have already reported the matter and what their response (or lack thereof) has been. In the end, if nothing changes, you have a right and even duty to report to the Vatican. I can give you the proper Vatican Dicastery to contact at that time. 

I hope that I have provided enough information to help you resolve this most serious matter. If I can be of further assistance, please ask!


'Factor' Investigation: Vatican Orders More Exorcists Into Field to Fight Evil
Planned Polish Exorcism Center Sparks Interest in Germany
Devil still at work, exorcist reminds German magazine

Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 4- "On blessed and ever-memorable obedience"

3 (cont.). Obedience is the tomb of the will and the resurrection of humility. A corpse does not argue or reason as to what is good or what seems to be bad. For he who has devoutly put the soul of the novice to death will answer for everything. Obedience is an abandonment of discernment in a wealth of discernment.
Links  E-mail Dr. Zambrano  Home

Jubilee 2000: Bringing the World to Jesus

The Tribulation Times Archives:


2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
January July January July January July January July January JulyJanuary
February August February August Feb-March August February August February August
March September March September April September Lent September Lent September
April October April October May October April October April October
May-June November May November June November May November May November
December June December December June December June December


1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
June-July January July January July January July January July  January July
August February August February August February August February August February August
September March September March September March/April September March/April September March September
October April October April October May October May October April October
November May November May November June November June November May November
December June December June December December December June December

FAIR USE NOTICE: This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a ‘fair use’ of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more detailed information go to: If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond ‘fair use’, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.